Preparedness for Disasters -- Overview

Title Abstract Publication Date
The Evolution of Notification Systems. Reviews features of current emergency notification systems that combine text, email, and telephone communication. Examples of how various systems have been deployed are included, as are costs to... 07/31/2008
The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States. This publication results from on ongoing collaboration between the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education. Its goals are to determine whether it could have been known that incidents... 12/31/2001
The Future of the Field Act for Public Schools. Summarizes the Seismic Safety Commission's efforts to evaluate the Field Act, it's findings, and recommendations. The Field Act was enacted in California in 1933 after the Long Beach... 02/10/1999
The Impact of Terrorism on School Safety Planning. Discusses why history and thinking outside of the box should encourage schools to acknowledge that they are potentially vulnerable targets of terrorism. Presents new safety and security issues raised... 06/30/2002
The Importance of Having an Effective School Crisis Response Plan. Details the components of a public school safety plan and how to develop a crisis response plan with emergency responders. The importance of crisis response team members knowing their roles and being... 09/30/2000
The Preparedness of Schools to Respond to Emergencies in Children: A National Survey of School Nurses. Examines the preparedness of schools to respond to pediatric emergencies and potential mass disasters, using published guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart... 11/30/2005
The Report of Governor Bill Owens' Colombine Review Commission. Presents a chronology of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School tragedy, in which two students killed a teacher and twelve students before committing suicide. Along with recommendations covering... 04/30/2001
The Role of Schools in Homeland Security. Presents 19 steps that a school should take to prepare for a terrorist attack, organized as items that one can do to establish a safe campus and preparing a response plan should an emergency occur. 12/31/2004
The Role of Schools in Meeting Community Needs During Bioterrorism. This article examines the potential role of schools and school districts in meeting community needs during a bioterrorism attack. The authors draw on research describing school responses to previous... 12/31/2003
The Secret of NIMS. Describes the National Incident Management System, citing its components, history, appropriateness for and successful use in school emergencies, and the availability of NIMS training. 01/31/2011
The State of School Security: Preparing for School Violence Spikes, Terrorism and New Safety Threats. Reviews current threats to school safety from violence within and terrorists without. Gaps in preparedness, budgeting, and mindset are discussed, along with suggestions for improvement. 10/31/2003
They've Seen Fire and They've Seen Rain Recounts what school district facilities managers did and what they learned from the flood and fire disaster in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Examines the taxing and complex cleanup effort, which... 04/30/1998
Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates. Since June 1999, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service have been working as a team to better understand--and ultimately help prevent--school shootings in America. Findings... 06/30/2004
Tornado Preparedness Tips for School Administrators. Notes that the most important part of tornado safety in schools is to develop a good tornado safety plan tailored to the building's design and its ability to move people. Discusses identifying... 12/31/1999
Tornado Protection: Selecting and Designing Safe Areas in Buildings. This brochure is designed to help architects design facilities which offer higher levels of protection against high winds from tornados and hurricanes. It provides the characteristics of a tornado,... 05/31/1990
Tornadoes: Nature's Most Violent Storms. A Preparedness Guide Including Safety Information for Schools. This preparedness guide explains and describes tornadoes, and includes safety information for schools. The guide explains the cause of tornadoes, provides diagrams of how they form, describes... 12/31/1991
Trends in School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning: Keeping School Administrators In the Know and Out of the Spotlight. Advises on how to prepare for emergencies without being alarmist, what to include in safe school planning, typical gaps in planning, selection of school security consultants, and how to practice the... 10/31/2004
Update on the National Electric Code. Describes changes in the 2005 National Electric Code, which introduces a variety of safety and survivability enhancements brought about by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the major... 06/30/2004
Using Technology to Connect with Parents--Instantly. Describes use of broadcast messaging to alert school parents to school events, changes in scheduling, and emergencies. Parents may elect to be notified by phone or email, and may vary the way they... 05/31/2006
Vermont School Crisis Guide. Presents general information on school crisis management that individual schools or districts can tailor to fit local needs and capabilities. The Guide is a framework to implement local school policy... 12/31/2007
Weathering the Storm. Discusses the importance of knowing the type of climate a school is likely to endure as a decision element for selecting a school roofing system. The influence of extreme temperature shifts, wind,... 01/31/2000
What If? Preparing Schools for the Unthinkable. Offers extensive advice on preparing schools against potential terrorist attack, focusing on partnership and planning with the community, understanding schools as targets for terror, prevention,... 12/31/2004
What Is Your Plan? Advises on comprehensive school disaster planning for natural disasters, terrorism, and epidemics. Examples of school plans successfully executed are included. 11/30/2009
What Will You Do? Effective Responses Come From Great Preparation. Describes how a Florida school system handled a crisis effectively through thorough planning that incorporated the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 06/30/2009
When Disaster Strikes. Advises on the creation and constitution of emergency management teams made up of senior school officials, which in turn establishes the emergency response team that actually carries out disaster... 11/30/2005

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